Bardi plays for Inter Milan but is currently on loan at Livorno, where he has played every minute of every Serie A game so far.
Tipped for bright things in the future, the 21-year-old is being watched by both Manchester United and Manchester City - something confirmed by Livorno President Aldo Spinelli.
He told TuttoSport: “Bardi reminds me of a young Buffon, he has enormous potential. Every week he is being watched by scouts from the two Manchester sides & other clubs.
“I just hope that [Inter goalkeeper] Samir Handanovic continues to do well at Inter so they decide to let Bardi stay here with us!”
Manchester City appear in more pressing need of a goalkeeper than rivals Manchester United, who can call upon David de Gea as their number one.
Regular number one Joe Hart was recently dropped for a string of poor performances by Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, with young shotstopper Costel Pantilimon taking his place.
Manchester United backup 'keeper Anders Lindegaard has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the past, meaning boss David Moyes may be eyeing Bardi as a long-term replacement.